What is Chinquapin’s Mentor Program?
Chinquapin works with our junior and senior students to pair them with adults with overlapping career fields or interests.
The program’s primary purpose is to give individual attention to these students by providing role models who reinforce the beneﬁts of attending college and encourage them to do something productive with their lives, either in the business or professional world. There are planned events throughout the year, and we encourage mentors to connect with their mentees once or twice a month and schedule other activities on their own. Whatever time you can give out of your busy schedule is appreciated.
Interested in becoming a Mentor?
Please email Laura Hipps
Becoming a mentor at Chinquapin is rewarding and can help inﬂuence a motivated and talented young adult. In addition, our students often look for role models outside their community, which is a chance to demonstrate the possibilities that exist for them in “the real world.”
Four events per year:
- Get To Know You gathering in the fall.
- Winter Dinner in early January at an in-town restaurant.
- College/Career Day on campus, held during the spring semester.
- Graduation in late May.
Suggested activities during the year:
- Trips to civic, cultural, or sports events or restaurants
- Museum visits
- Work on job skills such as resume writing, interview skills, application forms, or other informal career guidance
- Practice conversation and writing letters to develop communication skills
- Take part in a community service project together
- Offer guidance and support; introduce them to your family; make them feel special
- College visits
- Try to e-mail or text at least once a month.
- Hand-written letters are a great way to reach out to students.
Qualities of Successful Mentors
At a minimum, a personal commitment to be involved with another person for an extended period—six months to one year
A desire to be part of another person’s life, to help with tough decisions, to see them become their best; to invest in the mentoring relationship over the long haul, to be there long enough to make a difference
Genuine respect for the individual’s ability and right to make their own choices in life.
Mentors who convey a sense of respect and equal dignity in the relationship win the trust of their partners and the privilege of being advisors to them.
Mentors often help simply by listening, asking thoughtful questions, and allowing participants to explore their thoughts with minimal interference. When people feel accepted, they are more likely to ask for and respond to good ideas.
Good mentors can feel “with” people without feeling pity “for” them. Even without having had the same life experiences, they can empathize with their partners’ feelings and personal problems.
Able to see solutions and opportunities as well as barriers
Balances realistic respect for their partner’s natural and severe problems with optimism about ﬁnding solutions; can make sense of a seeming jumble of issues and point out sensible alternatives.
Flexibility and openness
A good mentor recognizes that relationships take time to develop, and communication is a two-way street. Willing to take time to get to know the student, to learn new things that are important to their partner (music, styles, and philosophies), and even to be changed by the relationship.
The ability to follow through with the mentoring relationship
Thank you for thoughtfully considering the requirements of this program before deciding to commit. Chinquapin’s juniors and seniors ﬂourish in the mentoring program, and we wish all our students the best experience possible.
Thank you for making a difference
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